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Southern Strategy: American War of Independence

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This timeline explores what if British General Clinton's adoption of the "Southern Strategy" had been a success and through the campaigns of General Lord Cornwallis, and a major loyalist victory at the "Battle of Kings Mountain". Also, several naval and land defeats knock both France and Spain out of the war by 1782. Therefore, the rebellious southern colonies are restored back under British rule by 1785, while. 

Battles of Camden and Waxhaws 1780

The major victory against Horatio Gates at Camden, South Carolina strengthened the British hold on South Carolina as well as inflicting heavy losses. Upon hearing the news, thousands of Loyalists throughout the colony begin to pour out forming militias, companies and regiments. Civil war erupts between Patriot and Loyalist forces as well as hundreds of slaves escaping and joining British ranks. British forces overwhelm Continental troops at the battle of Waxhaws. With enough confidence Georgian loyalists also begin to pour into South Carolina giving aid and full strength, forming uniformed regiments and militia.

Guerrilla War

General Sumter and Francis Marion wage a steady guerrilla war against British and loyalist troops. Sir Banastre Tartleton led anti-insurgency campaigns throughout 1780 in South Carolina. At the "Battle of Fishing Creek" Banastre Tarleton successfully defeated Thomas Sumters militia, removing his threat from South Carolina. Eventually, he also crushed Francis Marion in a fierce swamp battle.

Battle of Cowpens

The British were successful at defeating the Americans at Cowpens.

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